Riverbend Live! will feature poet Waddie Mitchell as part of its annual summer concert series.

The entertainer is bringing his act to the Riverbend Live! stage on Friday in Winston’s Riverbend Park. The free show begins at 7 p.m. and is the last in the concert series.

Mitchell is a renowned storyteller. After living at a ranch in the remote hills of Nevada with his father, Mitchell became immersed in haunting tales of the past and learned the art of storytelling from a young age.

These stories came to life as cowboy poetry, a literary genre rooted in the Western tradition of cowboys telling tales around a campfire after a hard days work.

Mitchell has multiple CDs where the poet is joined by guitarists as he dispenses tall tales, comedic misadventures and cowboy lore in rhyme. On stage, he is often accompanied by a musician who provides background music as he tells his poems.

In 1984, Mitchell helped organize the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering where more than 2,000 people showed up. He has since devoted his time to becoming a full-time self-proclaimed “buckaroo poet.”

The cowboy is an award-winning poet and was featured in multiple publications and television shows including Good Morning America, The Tonight Show and Larry King Live.

Today, Mitchell performs at festivals, private gatherings, rodeos, corporate events, concert halls and many other venues. Perhaps locals and out-of-towners will enjoy the cowboys tales at Riverbend Live! as he takes them through a journey of adventures and misadventures.

The show lasts approximately two hours with an intermission. Mitchell and Cowboy Celtic alternate performances throughout the show.

The public is invited to bring chairs, blankets, and refreshments, but no pets. It is a no-smoking venue.

There will be a variety of food booths, or visitors can bring their own picnic basket.

For more information on the summer concert series, visit www.riverbendlive.org or call 541-430-1496.

Reporter Haylie Ellison can be reached at 541-957-4218 or hellison@nrtoday.com.

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Haylie Ellison is a student reporter for The News-Review who also works for The Umpqua Community College Mainstream. She can be reached at hellison@nrtoday.com or by phone at 541-957-4218. Follow her on Twitter @HaylieCEllison.

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